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The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders

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The military religious orders emerged during the Crusades as Christendom's stormtrooopers in the savage conflict with Islam. Some of them stille exist oday, devoted to charitable works. The Monks of War is the first general history of these orders to have appeared since the eighteenth century.

The Templars, the Hospitallers (later Knights of Malta), the Teutonic Knights and the Knights of the Spanish and Portugese orders were "noblemen vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience, living a monastic life in convents which were at the same time barracks, waging war on the enemies of the Cross." The first properly disciplined Western troops since Roman times, they played a major role in defending the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem, in the "Baltic Crusades" which created Prussia, in the long reconquest of Spain from the Moors, and in fighting the "Infidel" right up to Napoleonic times. This celebrated book tells the whole enthralling story, recreating such epics as the sieges of Rhodes and Malta and the destruction of the Templars by the Inquisition. Acclaimed on publication, it has now been revised and updated, with a concluding chapter to take events into the 1990s.

Synopsis:

Presents a general history of the military religious orders that have appeared since the 18th century. The text tells the whole story of the role they played in defending the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, recreating such epic events as the sieges of Rhodes and Malta.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-390) and index.

About the Author

Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Cambridge University. He is the author of Richard III: England's Black Legend, The Monks of War, and The War of the Roses.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Preface

I. Introduction

1. The Monks of War

II. Latin Syria 1099-1291

2. The birth of a new vocation

3. The bulwark of Jerusalem

4. Armageddon

III. The Crusade on the Baltic 1200-1560

5. The Crusade on the Baltic

6. The Ordensland: an army with a country

7. The Crusaders without a cause

IV. The Reconquista 1158-1493

8. The Reconquista

9. The Great Advance

10. Kings and Masters

11. Triumph and Nemesis

V. Readjustment 1291-1522

12. Readjustment and the Templar dissolution

13. Rhodes and the Sea Knights

14. The Three Sieges

VI. The Last Crusade 1523-1571

15. The battle for the Mediterranean

VII. Baroque Paladins 1571-1789

16. Baroque Paladins

VIII. Survival—Against All Odds 1789-1995

17. Survival—Against All Odds

Appendices: Orders of St. John in the Modern World

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140195019
Author:
Seward, Deomond
Author:
Seward, Desmond
Author:
Seward, Deomond
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church Institutions & Organizations
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Military religious orders
Subject:
Military religious orders -- History.
Subject:
Institutions & Organizations
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
83
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.68x5.52x.76 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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